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Tonight’s Matchup: The San Jose Barracuda and Milwaukee Admirals wrap up their two-game season series in Milwaukee after the Admirals topped San Jose at SAP Center on Jan. 6, 4-1. The Barracuda are 5-3-1 against Central Division teams all-time and 1-1 this season. The Nashville Predators affiliate is coming off a 3-0 win over the Stockton Heat on Friday night and are 4-6-0 since they last played San Jose, while the Barracuda are coming off back-to-back wins and are 6-4 in their last ten. The Admirals are 9-6-2-0 at home this season while San Jose is 8-7-0-2 on the road.
O’Regan Right Back On Track: After missing three games due to injury, rookie Forward Danny O’Regan scored a pair of goals for San Jose in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Stockton Heat and added an assist in Friday’s 4-1 win over Grand Rapids. Among AHL rookies, O’Regan is second in points (13+24=37), first in assists, and sixth in goals. The former Boston University product is 10th overall in the league in points and first on the Barracuda in points and T-first in goals. O’Regan has points in seven of his last eight games (5+4=9) will represent the Barracuda and Pacific Division in the AHL All-Star game on Jan. 29-30 in Lehigh Valley, PA. O’Regan scored San Jose’s only goal in its 3-1 loss to Milwaukee.
Reinforcements Have Arrived: On Tuesday, the San Jose Sharks announced they had traded veteran forward Tommy Wingels to the Ottawa Senators for a draft pick and a pair of veteran forwards, Buddy Robinson and Zach Stortini. Robinson, 25, stands at 6-foot-6, 235-pounds and is in his third year as a pro after two seasons at Lake Superior State (NCAA). Robinson had 13 points (7+5=12) in 33 games with the Senators AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, and also appeared in four games for Ottawa this season. Stortini, 31, has played over 256 NHL games over his career with the Edmonton Oilers, the organization that drafted him in the third round in 2003. The 6-foot-4, 229-pound forward has been Binghamton's Captain over the last two seasons and has recorded three points (2+1=3) in 22 games this year.
Heed Check: Tim Heed added another assist on Friday and now has points (3+9=12) in eight of his last nine games. Among defenseman, the 26-year-old is third in the league in points (10+25=35), fourth in goals, first in assists, second in power-play goals and T-second in game-winning goals (3). Heed is 18th in points overall in the AHL and second on the Barracuda in points, first in assists, and fourth in goals.
Oh Boy Troy: Troy Grosenick made a season-high 39 saves on Friday to earn his 11th win of the season on Friday. Grosenick is first in the AHL in shutouts, fourth in goals-against average (2.16) and third in save percentage (.929). Grosenick will represent the Barracuda and Pacific Division in the AHL All-Star game on Jan. 29-30 in Lehigh Valley, PA. The 28-year-old netminder played his youth hockey for the Jr. Admirals.
San Jose’s Last Time Out: Troy Grosenick made a season-high 39 saves, and Nikolay Goldobin (8, 9) potted a pair of goals as the San Jose Barracuda rolled to a 4-1 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins at Van Andel Arena. Barclay Goodrow (13) and Julius Bergman (2) also tallied in San Jose’s victory.
Milwaukee’s Last Time Out: The Milwaukee Admirals used 22 Marek Mazanec saves to cruise to a 3-0 win against the Stockton Heat on Friday night a UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. Trevor Smith (12) scored in the second to give the Ads their first lead and former San Diego Gull’ Andrew O’Brien netted his first of the year in the third and Adam Payerl (7) secured the win with another final-frame tally.